Walking

Walking trail

Giant's Causeway Red Trail

Walking trail

The Red Trail at the Giant's Causeway is a bracing clifftop walk with spectacular views of the world-famous Causeway Coast and North Channel. From the Red Trail you'll have the option to walk to the Amphitheatre viewpoint (five minutes); joining the Causeway Coast Way (Yellow Trail) at top of Shepherd's Steps; or taking a circular trail by joining the Blue Trail.

Waves crash against the Giant's Causeway, Co Antrim, Northern Ireland

Map

Route map for Giant's Causeway Red Trail

Start:

Car Park 1

1

Assume your starting point in front of the Causeway Hotel. Facing the hotel entrance, turn right and walk in the direction of the Visitor Centre. You'll see the sloping grass roof of the Visitor Centre; providing no conservation work is in progress, you can cut across the roof and pick up signs for the Red Trail from the rear. There's a wooden plinth with a map and directions.

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2

Continue along the visible path and up a steep hill leading to Weir Snout. Look for the viewfinder to get more information on the views from this point.

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3

Following the visible trail from the Weir Snout viewpoint (away from the Visitor Centre) you'll arrive on top, but inland from, the headland known as the Aird. You'll see boulders which act as a deterrent to people walking out on to this headland. This area is spectacular, but extremely dangerous, particularly in high winds. It's not fenced off and we urge visitors to exercise due caution.

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4

At this point along the path, you'll come to the top of the Shepherd's Steps. Onwards, the path becomes the Yellow Trail and leads to the Hamilton's Seat, taking in an aerial view of the Amphitheatre. To follow the Red Trail, descend the steps from the clifftop. When you get to the bottom of the steps, you can choose to follow the trail towards the Organ, or turn left and head towards the Grand Causeway, linking to the Blue Trail.

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End:

Car Park 1

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Giant's Causeway Red Trail

Terrain

Formal path, hard core gravel surfaces, uneven in places, single track in places, 162 steep stone steps ('Shepherd's Steps') with handrail, uneven and with various depths.
 
Please be aware of unfenced cliff edges, high winds, steep steps and rock falls.
Giant's Causeway Red Trail

Contact us

Telephone: 028 2073 1855

Email: giantscausewaytic@gmail.com

Giant's Causeway Red Trail

How to get here

Address
Giant's Causeway, 60 Causeway Road, Bushmills
By train
Regular train services operate from Belfast or Londonderry to Coleraine, then change to bus connection Ulsterbus Service 172. See Translink for more information.
By road
The Giant's Causeway and Visitor Centre is located on the B147 Causeway road. It is 2 miles (3km) from Bushmills village, 11 miles (18km) from Coleraine and 13 miles (21km) from Ballycastle. Onsite parking is reserved for visitors arriving to participate in the Visitor Experience. You can park in Bushmills and take the Translink public bus service to the nearby bus stop and walk onsite.
By foot

To walk onsite to the Giant's Causeway Visitor Centre and Causeway Hotel, you can park in the nearby seaside village of Portballintrae and walk part of the Causeway Coast Way, (called the Yellow Trail on our maps) and then the Green Trail which links to the Red Trail. Wheelchair users who are patrons of the Causeway Hotel are entitled to use one of the designated parking bays at the hotel, however in line with elsewhere, disabled parking is not free of charge.

By bus
Regular service available, some services are seasonal. Ulsterbus Service 172; Goldline Service 221; Causeway Rambler Service 402; Open Top Causeway Coast Service 177; Antrim Coaster Service 252. For further details visit Translink.
By bicycle

The Causeway Coast Cycle Route takes in Causeway Road, which leads to the Visitor Centre. Cyclists can use bike rails beside the Causeway Hotel and access the trails network from Car Park 1 (front of Causeway Hotel).

Giant's Causeway Red Trail

Facilities and access

  • External public toilets at 'groups' entrance (open during Visitor Centre opening hours)
  • Tourist Information
  • McConaghy's Souvenir Shop
  • The Nook Bar & Restaurant
  • The Causeway Hotel